This two hour hike
is less than 5 miles, and takes us
another 3 miles along the Paumanok
To get to the
starting point, travel east along
3 miles beyond
to the first left turn; look for the
Art Barge sign.
Be careful not
to miss Napeague Meadow Road.
traveling .06 miles on Napeague Meadow Road,
park on the road shoulder, near the
opening to the LIPA access driveway
on the left.
On the kiosks
erected by State Parks at our
destination, the Hither Hills
Overlook, it states that the
Montaukett Indians named this area “nep”
meaning water and “eague” meaning
the Napeague Isthmus is composed of
tidal and freshwater marshes.
flies and mosquitoes abound here.
is very effective protection against
them; it hasn’t caused the ill
effects associated with DEET
products. To protect against ticks,
wear long pants and fine mesh socks
treated with Permethrin; tuck pants
this, I don’t get bitten and haven’t
had a tick attach to me once this
Walk about 200’
up the driveway.
sign that says “No Vehicles,
Environmentally Sensitive Area”
you’ll see where the PP crosses the
turn onto the PP would take you to
the lovely blue-blazed trail flagged
by Mike Bottini; cut and blazed by
East Hampton Trails Preservation
west and parallel to the PP.
left traveling east, to continue our
series of walks along the PP.
trail here is very well-blazed and
at first the tread is cushioned by a
thick layer of pine needles.
protective canopy of pitch pine
thins out to traverse a section of
places, the bearberry, reindeer
lichen, and heather stabilize the
trail’s tread, but this easily wears
through and in many places the hiker
must trudge through loose sand.
first, the railroad tracks and
Montauk Highway are off to our
right, then we head in the direction
of the most prominent feature in the
area, a huge metal radio tower;
remnant of WWII.
Blazes on the
stumps of cut utility poles and new
flexi-stakes, lead us to Napeague Meadow Road,
around a bend from where our car is
walk along the road, marked by
blazes on poles, takes us to a left
turn onto the driveway leading to
the Art Barge.
says “Victor D’amico Institute of
the driveway to this unique looking
structure; a barge lifted onto the
egrets, kestrel, and terns.
Osprey-occupied nests on platforms
are dwarfed by the tower.
approach the barge, the trail veers
away from the tower; be alert for a
right turn from the driveway into
the dunes to a half mile walk along
no blazing along the shore, but if
you walk due east, you will come to
a bridge spanning a tidal creek that
The blazes on
the bridge lead you back to the
shore. A short distance after
crossing a second bridge, a
well-placed blaze leads you onto a
driveway that cuts through the dunes
and onto Napeague Harbor Road.
the left, the trail enters the woods
on the other side of the road.
As we travel
north, away from the water, the
canopy of oak, with some bayberry
and pine, is replaced by larger
pines, holly, beech, hickory, and
high and low bush blueberry.
walk takes us to an unmarked, yet
prominent trail branching to the
be a mistake to pass up this short
excursion to Nominick’s Overlook.
you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of
to the right, and the Atlantic Ocean
to the left.
The next 1.75
miles follow the section of the
Stephen Talkhouse Path that runs
just south of the Walking Dunes and
Fresh Pond, through dense woods and
point, a right turn would take you
onto Jerusha’s Hollow Trail.
point where these two paths
intersect again, further east, don’t
follow the left turn blaze to
continue along the PP, but instead
head straight across the railroad
From here, a
one mile walk along several unmarked
trails leads to the Hither Hills
Overlook parking area.
the tracks, turn right onto Old Tar Road,
then take a quick left onto Elisha’s
Turn right onto
Old North Road,
travel 150’, and turn left onto the
Petticoat Hill Trail.
Petticoat Hill Trail splits in two
places, but the split trails rejoin
and lead to the Overlook Parking